FOR SPECTATORS AND CREW
This event is very friendly for spectators and crew following the event. See the 2017 Official Race Programme. There are many places to see and support your runner or walker. These are:
– The race start at Te Puia. TOILETS / TEA AND COFFEE / FOOD. Admission is $5 per person (free for runners and walkers).
-At the bridge just 50 metres from the Waipa Mountainbike carpark. Waipa State Mill Road, Rotorua. TOILETS / TEA AND COFFEE / FOOD.
-At Puarenga Nice Aid station. Eight Mile Road, Rotorua. Travel down the road past the Waipa Mountainbike carpark, turn right at the intersection (straight ahead takes you into the mill – and a dead-end) and follow your nose to the mountainbike parking area. It is a 100 metre walk to the aid station. TOILETS.
– Green Lake Picnic. This is accessible via 8 Mile Road. But only via shuttle bus. You pick up the bus from the Puarenga Nice Aid Station. Please note – this a private road security will be operating – do not attempt to access this road in a private vehicle. The shuttle will return you Puarenga Nice aid station.
-Woodstock Woolshed. 50km Only. You will be able to park on Highlands Loop Road, Rotorua. Follow the signs. TOILETS.
SHUTTLES: There is no parking at Boatshed Bay by Lake Tarawera (where the boats pick you up and drop you off). All crew and spectators should park at either at the Buried Village Carpark or the nearby Tarawera Trailhead. Free shuttle buses will take you to Boatshed Bay on Lake Tarawera for your boatride to Hotwater Beach. Note – shuttles will pick you up and drop you of from Buried Village and the Tarawera Trailhed. -Buried Village has TOILETS / TEA AND COFFEE / FOOD – including their world-famous Devonshire Tea. If the Buried Village carpark is full, it’s only a 400 metre walk to the Tarawera Trailhead carpark. Walk on the trail – not on the main road.
Due to congestion – no cars can park at The Landing or Boatshed Bay unless you are loading or unloading a private boat. This area is reserved for boaties, key staff and emergency vehicles only. Cars must park at the Buried Village carpark or at the Tarawera Trailhead carpark.
– Hotwater Beach finish-line. Access the finish line on one of the boats provided. The cost of a boat ticket will be $45 and can be purchased when you sign-up online or at race registration. TOILETS / TEA AND COFFEE / FOOD. Bring your Togs if you feel like a soak while you wait for your runner/walker!! Bring money for food and drinks. The boatride is 20 minutes each way. If you have a private boat you can access the event at various landing points along the Tarawera Trail. Prepare for heavy boat traffic on race day.
Cars will encounter runners and walkers for 2km from the Blue/Green Lake carpark to the Tarawera Trailhead.